You have worked hard your whole adult life just to save for the down payment on your dream home. Maybe you had your heart set on a beautiful older home full of charm and character that newer homes just don’t offer, and you found just the right one. You move in with your family, and then reality sets in. Homeownership can often come at a steep price. That charm that you were looking for is quite often not as practical as that of its newer counterpart, and you can quickly tell your home is in serious need of some upgrades. If you are considering changes as you look out of the original, or close to original, windows, you might want to start right there.

Here are the top five reasons you know it’s time to replace those windows:

Draft:

Now that the weather has turned colder, if you are finding that you can’t walk by a window without a draft causing you to shiver, you might very well need to replace them. Even the best windows let a certain amount of air in, but you shouldn’t be able to notice it. Just like anything else you own, windows do wear out. The windows may have warped due to exposure causing the frames to become loose thus allowing air to get through.

Energy Costs Increase:

Have you noticed a steady increase in the checks you are writing to the fuel company or for your electric bill? This could be a sign that your windows might not be energy efficient. Older style windows such as single pane styles or windows that are warped will not block the cold or heat as they once might have. Replacing these with newer energy efficient windows will eventually pay for themselves in lower heating and cooling costs.

Water Stains:

When we decide to buy older homes because they have so much character, it is important to realize that older homes come with older windows. Over time, especially with older style windows, the wood frames will rot and warp due to exposure to sun, rain, and fluctuating temperatures. This can cause even the best maintained wooden framed windows to rot. If you are finding water stains on the inside, your windows are probably leaking. If that is the case, there is a good chance that you should replace them.

Condensation:

Single pane windows might have condensation, but that shouldn’t be the case for double or triple pane styles. If you are finding that your windows are getting foggy in between the panes this is indicative of a problem. It is likely that you have seal failure and your windows are no longer effectively insulated and probably should be replaced.

Windows That Get Stuck:

Have you had to struggle to open or shut your windows? This is a sign that they have warped over the years and are likely fitting too snugly or too loosely. Either way, there is a good chance that this window will also allow excess air in as well.

Do you have questions about the efficiency of your windows? Give us a call here at Window Nation, your replacement windows specialists. We offer the best in premium replacement vinyl windows, all locally made and custom fit. We can help pick out a style that will not take away from the old-world charm that you fell in love with while giving you the modern comfort and energy efficiency that you are looking for.

Let’s try an experiment. Go to your bank. Withdraw about $850 in $5 denominations. Then, take that money back to your home, open up the window, and throw it outside. It is best to do this on a windy day, so it is extremely difficult to run outside in a panic and try to collect the money once you’ve thrown it out. If you were to do this experiment, you would immediately realize how unsatisfying it is to throw money out your windows. Yet we do it all the time. The problem is that we aren’t able to see the money going out our windows. This is because it goes out in the form of lost heat.

The equation is simple: lost heat equals higher energy bills. But, while the equation is simple, the amounts can vary greatly depending on many factors. We all know that heat loss costs us money. What we don’t know is how much money it is costing us. Here are a few things to consider:

  • If you have ever put your hand up to your windows in the winter and felt cold air, it is time to get replacement windows.

  • If you have windows that are broken, there is no way those windows are keeping all your expensive heat inside your home.

  • If you know that your windows are over 15 years old, you could benefit greatly from the energy efficiency of modern windows.

If your windows are ready for a replacement, the next logical question to ask is, “Is it too late to get energy efficient windows installed?” The answer is, “It is never too late to get energy efficient windows installed.” In fact, now is the best time to get new windows installed. If you wait till the middle of winter, you’ll have half a winter of lost heat and higher energy bills.

If you’ve had enough of throwing money out your windows, Window Nation has a solution. All of the windows we sell have modern technology that keeps heat in, and the cold out. Technology like krypton gas insulated air, double and triple pane glass, 100% polymer structural foam spacers, and Low-E coated glass.

Don’t throw money out your windows. It’s no fun at all. We have an idea that is a whole lot more fun. Reach out to us today and let’s start dreaming of what your home will look like with new windows and new technologies that will save you money on your energy bills, and breath life into the beauty of your home. Now is the perfect time to get energy-efficient windows installed. Don’t wait for the cold to come. Make this winter the winter you start putting more money in your pocket and less money out your windows.

At Window Nation, we know windows. Our drive to give our customers the absolute best products and services have put us in the top 10 list of remodelers in the country, and have helped us earn the Angie’s List Super Service Award. So, it makes sense that we get a lot of questions about replacement windows. Here are a few of the most common questions. 

“When is it time to replace windows?”

If you can feel a draft coming through your windows in the winter, that is a sure sign that you need replacement windows. But, there are a few other ways to tell whether or not it is time for an upgrade.

  • If your windows need a stick wedge to hold them open, or the latches don’t lock anymore.

  • If the frame is starting to break apart.

  • If your windows are stuck.

  • If your windows are painted shut.

  • If your windows are over 20 years old, you can benefit from modern advancements in window technology.

“How much does it cost to get replacement windows?”

We wish there was an easy answer for this one. But, the truth is that the cost of your replacement windows can vary greatly depending on what you get, and what you need. There are a lot of variables. That is why we offer a free, no-obligation, in-home consultation. Before you commit to buying anything, we’ll let you know exactly what your options are, and help you get your new windows into your budget.

“Can I get windows that are bigger than my old ones?”

You sure can. Our Installation Masters™ Certified Installers can advise you on how much larger. There are many factors involved. But, usually, it’s no problem. We can even put new windows in a wall that has never had a window. Our team can install everything from a simple venting window, to a large, multipaned bow window.

“What is Low-E?”

This is a metallic coating that is put on a window pane to resist heat transfer. The higher the rating, the better the glass will be at keeping heat from radiating through. But, this is only one of the many ways replacement windows can save you on your energy bills. Our windows come with Krypton or Argon gas to further resist heat transfer, and double or triple pane glass for added protection. And, many of the windows we install come with insulation built right into the frame.

“How long will my new windows last?”

We cannot promise that your windows will last forever, but we make them durable and built to last. In fact, we offer a Lifetime Plus guarantee for the windows we manufacture. That means they are protected for as long as you own your home, and for 15 years for the next owner of your home.

“When do we start?”

Only you can answer that question. Help is just a click away.

How are your windows doing? Over time, there are lots of things that can go wrong with windows. We’re going to take a quick look at some of the reasons you may want to upgrade those old windows with replacement windows, and give you a few reasons why more and more Ohio residents are turning to the experts here at Window Nation to get the job done right.

8 Ways To Tell You Need Replacement Windows

  1. If you have to put a stick in your window to hold it up.

  2. If something hit your window and there is a crack in it.

  3. If you have a window that is painted shut.

  4. If you have a window that is extremely hard to slide up, or only goes half way before it sticks.

  5. If you hold your hand up next to it in the winter and you can feel the icy breeze coming through.

  6. If the latches no longer line up on the top when you close the window.

  7. If the frame is starting to break apart.

  8. If you’ve had your windows for more than 10 years. Technology has changed quite a bit in the last decade. You could be losing a lot of heat out those old windows.

6 Reasons To Choose Window Nation For Your Replacement Windows

  1. We aren’t just a window installer, we are a window manufacturer. We create many of the replacement windows we install, right here in our multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art facility.

  2. We don’t just give free estimates, we do free in-home estimates. You’ll have an educated professional look directly at your situation and give you options that are specific to you.

  3. We have an incredible selection of replacement windows.

  4. We don’t just offer a warranty; we offer the best warranty. Since we make our own replacement windows, we are able to give a lifetime plus guarantee that will protect your investment for as long as you own your home and as many as 15 years for the next owner.

  5. Each of our installation teams has a lead installer who is a factory trained InstallationMasters™ Certified Installer.

  6. We have a reputation for doing a good job, just ask all of our happy customers who have taken time out of their busy lives to leave positive reviews on Angie’s List. Because of them, we were an Angie’s List Super Service Award winner for 2015.

If you’re ready to lower your energy bills, give your home a facelift, improve your quality of life, and make an investment in your home that will last for years, we would love to help you with that. Window Nation is # 9 in the top 10 list of largest remodelers in the United States, and we’re right here in Ohio. When it comes to getting replacement windows, you can trust Window Nation.

Are you thinking it is time to make the investment in replacement windows for your Philadelphia home? Here are 7 reasons you might be right.
 
  1. Broken glass. This one is a no-brainer, especially if you have a window that has only one pane of glass. That crack is going to cost you money on your energy bills and it is going to let moisture into the walls of your home, which can lead to rot.

  2. Fogging between the panes. If you have two panes of glass, but there is moisture or residue in between the panes, you will have the same issues as someone with broken glass.

  3. Broken frames. Often, people who have issues with their frames breaking apart will paint over the cracks. Though this will make them less drafty, it can also make them a danger. Windows that don’t open properly can trap you and your family inside your home if a fire breaks out.

  4. You can feel a draft. Sometimes you won’t be able to simply look at a window and see that you have an issue. Sometimes the only way to know that windows aren’t sealed properly is by feeling for a draft. Windows that have warped over time can have tiny gaps. If you pay a lot to create heat in your home during the winter or coolness during the summer, the last thing you need is gaps.

  5. Your energy bills are going up. If you haven’t noticed the draft coming in through your windows, you may notice your energy bills going up. When energy bills go up we are motivated to change the way we heat or cool our homes, but replacement windows are often the better way to go.

  6. Your windows are old. Windows are not made to last forever. Window technology has changed tremendously in the last decade. If you have old windows, you will see benefits from changing out that old tech with some new tech.

  7. The noise is driving you nuts. Those older, single-pane windows will also do a poor job of keeping the noise out. Newer windows with double or triple panes of glass not only keep the heat out in the summer and the cold out in the winter; they also keep the noise out all year long. In a busy city like Philadelphia, this can really make a big difference. If you’re tired of listening to the neighbors or the traffic, new windows can help.

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, and you’d like to know what it would cost to have replacement windows installed in your Philly home, drop us a line and we’ll have a specialist come to your home and give you a free, no obligation, estimate. At Window Nation, we take the mystery and stress out of getting replacement windows. Get your free estimate set up today.